Johnson College Simulation Conference Recaps Suzie Kardong-Edgren Keynote on Why Simulation is so Important for Nursing

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At the 8th annual Johnson County Community College Simulation Conference, Clinical Simulation in Nursing Journal Editor Suzie Kardong-Edgren PhD provided a keynote address which was highlighted on the college’s website. Suzie is one of the leading simulation champions in the world and is driving the future of our profession.

Article Excerpt:

To a packed house in the Capitol Federal Conference Center, Suzie Kardong-Edgren said, “We are all in this room concentrating on moving simulation forward.” Kardong-Edgren, internationally known for her research in simulation as a way to teach healthcare professionals, spoke as part of the Healthcare Simulation Conference Sept. 11 at Johnson County Community College.

The conference, now in its eighth year, allows healthcare professionals and healthcare educators explore and expand their understanding of simulation as a teaching/learning strategy that immerses the learner into the healthcare role as they provide care for the patient situation. Educating students to become nurses needs to change, she said, not only to respond to students’ needs but also to meet the expectations of patients.

“In the informal analysis, there’s nothing really new there (in nursing),” she said. A reliance on classroom settings, basic instruction and problems from textbooks isn’t preparing nurses for the world in which they’ll be employed, she said. Students also have started asking questions about the value of their education, she said. “There are rumblings of, ‘What are we getting for all this money we’re spending?’” Kardong-Edgren said. “And yet we are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic…why do we keep doing the same things over and over?”

Kardong-Edgren is professor and director of the Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. She also is editor-in-chief of the journal “Clinical Simulation in Nursing. She urged those in attendance to continue to lobby for even greater use of simulation in nursing education and other healthcare preparatory programs.

“Often we are the lone pioneers trying to drag (our fellow) faculty into the 21st century,” Kardong-Edgren said.

Read the Full JCCC article on Suzie here!

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NYSIM Center Offers Simulation and Education Fellowship


Recently saw this posting from NYSim Center, a partnership between The City University of New York and NYU Langone Medical Center, who are offering a Simulation and Education fellowship that is a 1-year paid program.

Fellowship Objectives

  • Design and implement simulation curricula utilizing a variety of tools and techniques including Immersive Simulation and Debriefing, Standardized Patients, Partial Task Trainers
  • Design and implement faculty development programs including simulation instructor courses, faculty observation and feedback, curriculum integration consulting
  • Operate simulators and related audiovisual equipment independently
  • Understand and apply relevant Education theories to all aspects of work in Simulation

Fellowship Focus

  • Curriculum design for UME, GME and IPE
  • Faculty Development experience
  • Research Training

Structure and Benefits 

  • One year, non-ACGME accredited
  • Start Date: July 1
  • Full time salary support with health benefits
  • Clinical appointment encouraged
  • Pre-requisites: MD or DO degree, Completion of a Residency or Clinical Fellowship (any specialty), highly motivated to pursue career in Healthcare Education

Application and Interview Information

  • Applicants should submit Curriculum Vitae, Personal Statement (1 to 2 Pages), and 3 Letters of Recommendation (1 from Program Director
  • INTERVIEWS will be held at IMSH or in New York City

Learn more and submit your application today at the website

Endovascular Simulation & Educational Environment Video Resource Material From Mentice

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Mentice shares that this free “Endovascular Educational Environment Video Material” is “all you need to know from basics of sheath, catheter size, shape selection to role reversal training and procedure communication. There is also some team training psychology in there somewhere too!”.  If you are teaching such procedures with simulation this video series is worth reviewing! This continues the online resources from Mentice we have shared earlier including:

Video Series Includes:

  1. The Basics of Sheath’s and Catheters – This Mentice clinical tutorial discusses the differences between interventional catheters and sheaths and how to properly identify each device.
  2. Procedure Communication, Training to the physician – How incorporating simulation training can improve team communication and flow of procedure.
  3. Understanding the Metric Report – Breaking down the information that is provided at the completion of each procedure performed such as complications, tools and devices used and pre and post treatment vessel analysis.
  4. Role Reversal using Simulation – This video talks about how you can utilize simulation to practice and role play each team members responsibilities and duties in the procedure environment.
  5. Patient Recorder & Monitoring Report – An introduction to a unique training program and offering for persons who monitor and record procedures. A great tool for nursing and technical programs.
  6. Procedure Report: A Step by Step Guide – This video will guide the viewer on how to access the details and metrics produced during each procedure and how to best utilize this information.
  7. Understanding the User Interface – This video will walk the user through all the information and data that is provided at the beginning of each procedure and discusses opportunities for both learners and educators on how to best use this resource.
  8. Basic Catheter Skills – A quick look at how simulation can help operators practice and learn basic and advanced catheter skills.

Watch all the Endovascular Education Simulation videos for free thanks to Mentice!

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TODAY: “Improve Faculty Buy-In” Webinar April 22nd 2PM EST Hosted by SimGHOSTS

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SimGHOSTS is hosting a webinar presented by Level 3 Healthcare staff on “Improving Faculty Buy-in” for your simulation programs. Although this presentation will be shared from the perspective of technical staff – it will be applicable to all those looking to improve utilization of simulation by faculty or clinical educators.

Today’s simulation control room is a great place to be innovative, but the challenge that many centers have is the educators who are asked to use these control computers, and AV solutions, are not necessarily comfortable with the high-level of technology being integrated. Simplifying Simulation can improve the faculty buy-in, Level 3 Healthcare shows you how. Presented vy Michael Young Benjamin Campagnola.

Date Time: April 22nd 2PM-3PM EST (TODAY)

About Michael

H. Michael Young has worked within the healthcare simulation field over the last nine years, first at Tarleton State University (TSU) and most recently for Level 3 Healthcare. In his role at TSU, Michael grew into a role best described as the simulation systems administrator, but like so many of those working in simulation operations enjoyed the more generic title of Simulation Technology Specialist. As an active member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Mr. Young has served on the Board of Directors (2013), sat on the Accreditation Council, and currently serves on the Certification Committee as sub- committee Chair for the Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS). In addition to his responsibilities with Level 3 Healthcare, Mr. Young is also working on his doctorate (Ed.D.) at TSU.

About Ben

Ben Campagnola holds an extensive record of successes engineering and programming large, customized commercial automation systems across a variety of markets. Specializing in the integration of computer software with control automation systems, he brings a new conceptual level of control to the integration industry- mostly focusing on the Python and Crestron programming environments. Experience in electronics and API development help him to utilize new products and technology in ways otherwise unattempted. Ben continually deploys exceptional programming by utilizing clean and standardized coding practices in his never-ending endeavor to create a universal technology environment where communications, AV, and automation seamlessly operate in tandem.

Learn more at the SimGHOSTS Webinar Announcement Page!

Free Simulation Faculty Training Tools & Scenarios from UW

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Today I am sharing a great free resource for clinical faculty of healthcare simulation programs put together by the University of Washington’s Health Sciences Interprofessional Education group with a grant from HRSA.

About UW’s Sim Center & Resource Website:

The University of Washington’s Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice is dedicated to creating an atmosphere of openness and commitment to furthering collaboration between the different health care professions. The Center’s core faculty and staff are multidisciplinary health sciences faculty and clinicians from Dentistry, MEDEX, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy who are passionate about advancing interprofessional communication to improve patient safety and quality improvement in healthcare.

This website is intended to be a resource for faculty and clinical educators and students. For faculty and clinical educators: Online modules teach the latest technologies and techniques for designing and enhancing an e-learning course, designing and implementing simulation in your curriculum, using telehealth to enhance communication, using informatics to manage and communicate data, learning team communication strategies and more. For students: Learn more about interprofessional learning and research opportunities at the University of Washington, including current courses, upcoming training activities, the University’s IHI Open School Chapter for patient safety and quality improvement, and the Center’s upcoming events.

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Free Healthcare Simulation Faculty Toolkits Available Include:

  • Interprofessional Simulation Team Training Faculty Toolkit
  • Faculty Development IPE Training Toolkit
  • Scenario Building and Library
  • Tools for Evaluation
  • Debriefing Tools
  • HEET V Nursing Simulation Scenarios

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Free Lessons on How to Teach with Medical Simulation:

  • Sim 101: Introduction to Clinical Simulation
  • Sim 102: Pedagogical Approaches in Simulation for Developing Critical Thinking
  • Sim 103: Designing and Writing a Simulation Scenario
  • Sim 104: Briefing and Debriefing—The Key to Learning in Simulation
  • Sim 201: How to Evaluate Learning Using Simulation
  • Sim 202: Matching Human Patient Simulators to Clinical Educational Outcomes
  • Sim 203: Bringing Realism to Simulation
  • Sim 204: Designing and Leading IPE Sessions

Additional resources include simulation publications, presentation slides, IPE specific content, dental program toolkits, e-learning toolkits and ultrasound toolkits.

Visit UW’s Collaborate website for the free simulation toolkits or learning how to teach with simulation!

HealthSimAdmin Early-Bird Registration Now Open!

Take advantage of HealthySimAdmin early-bird registration prices today! Read on to learn more…. 

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Whether you are managing medical simulation in a single lab at a community college or in dozens of labs across a state hospital system, I am happy to announce today that HealthySimAdmin has been launched to help lesson the burden of administrating a healthcare simulation program.

On October 18th + 19th of this year you will be able to join our studio-audience in Las Vegas or stream the event live virtually from your office computer.  Either way you will also be able to download* the entire recorded event to review at a later time.

Topics that were selected by the community through survey to be specifically discussed at this two-day event include: collaborative partnerships, funding models, faculty/educator training & integration, increasing utilization, research integration, operations, IT support structures, and business development.

Download the HealthySimAdmin Brochure and visit the new website to learn more!

“Buy by July” & Save Big!

On you will notice that registrations will continue to increase in cost each month leading up to the October event.  Thus, by investing early you not only secure your spot for this innovative and content-specific administrator meeting but also will also enjoy considerable savings!   HealthySimAdmin wishes to reward “early-adopters” as well as those who have subscribed to before today.

If you are a HealthySim newsletter subscriber (before May 30th), check your inbox for a special discounted registration link!

Visit the new page to learn more and take advantage of June’s “early-bird” registration prices!

Out of the closet and into the Sim Lab!

Until the summer of 2008, the nursing department at El Camino had literally a closet full of expensive simulation equipment but no clearly defined simulation program.   Faculty complained that it took too much time and effort to drag the equipment into the lab and set it all up.  Anyway, why use the manikin to teach Foley catheter insertion when a hip model would work just as well?

Two years later we have a thriving simulation program and a dedicated simulation lab.  How did we move out of the closet and into the simulation lab?  Presented in this article are two key components of a successful simulation program!

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